One of the main missions of the CAF is the locating, restoration and flying of every type of vintage World War 2 aircraft ever made. These aircraft include American, Canadian, English, French, Italian, Japanese and German. The preservation of the complete aviation history of WW2 must include both Allied as well as Axis aircraft.
The Big Easy Wing (BEW) recently accepted a unique aircraft…the Langhurst Stuka. It is a one of a kind replica aircraft. As it’s the only flying example of a Junkers Ju-87-B in the world. It came to the BEW disassembled. It has taken over 1000 restoration hours to put it in shape for its first test flight. The plane is presently undergoing taxi testing to work out any squawks.
As the caretakers of this unique airplane, we hope to gather as much funding as possible to ensure that it remains flyingand that the true history and lessons learned from WW2 are never forgotten.
At airshows, the Stuka will not only lend itself to military historical facts about WWII and the German dive bombers but also, to the creativity, passion, and endurance of a single man. This replica was constructed by Louis Langhurst, an engineer, inventor, and an aircraft enthusiast. Langhurst traveled to Wisconsin Museum for three years gathering and studying research materials on the aircraft and making the necessary aerodynamic calculations in order to draft plans for a 7/10th scaled-down version. It received its FAA flight approval status in July 1979.